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Public supports North Korea summit, but isn’t hoping for results

April 19, 2018

As unconfirmed Secretary of State candidate (and former CIA chief) Mike Pompeo returns from a secret visit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, most Americans are torn between not wanting to confer legitimacy on the Hermit State and wanting President Donald Trump to follow up with an upcoming summit, based on findings of a Washington Post-ABC News poll of 1,002 U.S. adults released on April 17.

Over half (56%) say Trump should hold a summit meeting with Kim to try to get North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons. A smaller number (36%) say the meeting should not be held because it would give Kim validity while his government allegedly violates international law.

Three in 10 Americans think it is likely the meeting will lead to an agreement for North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, but two-thirds of the public say that is unlikely—including 42% who say it is “very unlikely”—the Post-ABC poll finds.

Trump and Kim have traded vague threats of using a “nuclear button,” but, by a margin of nearly two to one, Americans say Trump should not threaten U.S. military action against North Korea if it doesn’t give up its nuclear weapons.

There are modest partisan differences on support for holding a summit, with 70% of Republicans expressing support for the meeting while 46% percent of Democrats and 56% of Independents saying the same. But majorities across partisan lines find it unlikely the meeting will lead to an agreement for North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, including 77% of Democrats, 67% of Independents and 58% of Republicans.

Research contact: emily.guskin@washpost.com

With a meeting in the works, fewer fear North Korea

March 14, 2018

Americans increasingly approve of the White House’s handling of the North Korea situation, following President Donald Trump’s acceptance of a meeting invitation from the Hermit Kingdom’s leader, Kim Jong Un.

Based on findings of a poll of 1,223 adults nationwide by CBS News—conducted by SSRS during the past week and released on March 13—64% of Americans still express unease about the situation.

However, 32%—most of them, Republicans—now are “confident that [the Korea situation] will resolve without conflict.” Specifically, the number of nervous Republicans has dropped by a dramatic 19 points since the last poll was taken.

The president’s approval rating on handling North Korea has risen to 42%, according to CBS News, from where it was in January (34%). Disapproval now stands at 50%—down from 59% last August. The uptick in approval comes mostly from independents and Republicans.

The president’s overall job approval rating remains virtually unchanged, now at 38%. As has been the case since the start of his term, a large majority of Republicans continue to approve of the job he’s doing, while most Democrats disapprove.

Research contact: @CBSNews